This will actually be two reviews for the price of one: one fiverr service I was less-than-impressed with and one service from someone I saw advertising in a forum that was actually a bit cheaper ($4) and a lot better. Both services were offering social bookmarking services, as in, they would feed our site link to bookmarking sites. I wanted to see if this type of service would increase traffic to our site or improve our standing with Google or both.
I’ve been a computer guy my whole life but I still can’t describe how much I’ve learned in 2011. I started focusing on SEO at the start of the year and have recently started to learn more about social media, social bookmarking and internet marketing in general. Writing this review makes me laugh realizing how much more I know now about social bookmarking then I did when I purchased this gig back in September.
Similar to the directory submission gig I purchased in September, I bought this service more to try to learn from the results then to gain a benefit for the website. I’m constantly performing little SEO experiments and this one was no different. The service was provided by alim87 and was for:
I will submit your website MANUALLY to Stumbleupon, Folkd, Delicious, Digg, Mixx, Linkagogo, Excite Bookmarks, Mylinkvault, Secondbrain, Twitter, a for $5
The MANUALLY part appealed to me as I didn’t have a good understanding of social bookmarking and am beyond paranoid about doing anything to anger Google. When I go to SEO forums I read tactics that would make me faint at the thought of trying them but those people have lots of sites, and if one gets banned, they will just make two more. We only have one site and we obviously can’t afford to do anything stupid with it, so I’m very careful with all these experiments I try.
A few days later I got a completed notification with these results as the report:
The seller did what he said he would do, it just wasn’t too terribly much. I still left him a positive review beacuse he delivered what he said he would and it was only $5.
After I learned more about social bookmarking, I learned that it was pretty safe as long as you didn’t do anything too stupid (like blast hundreds of bookmarks to a brand new site) so I decided to try a second social bookmarking gig. I saw a provider who had good feedback and was offering his “50 social bookmarking submissions” service for $4. I decided to give it a whirl and was very pleased with the results. He ended up doing 53 submissions instead of 50 and emailed me an excel report complete with a URL for each submission so I could verify the submission. By far the best report I’ve received from the few providers I tried.
For those of you wanting to try this at home, here are the 53 sites he submitted our site to:
Not bad for $4!
If I was to grade the specific providers, I would give the fiverr provider a 2/5 and the mystery forum provider a 5/5. The fiverr provider did exactly what he said he would do, and the emphasis was on the manual aspect rather then the total amount of sites he submitted to. However, after seeing the report from the second provider, it was hard not to be impressed.
I’m also going to give two grades for social bookmarking submission services in general. If you have a site with very few links, I would rate this type of service as a 4/5 with a caveat to be careful and choose a small package first (similar to my first example), so as not to double your site’s links in one shot. Doing so looks unnatural to Google, and you don’t want Google to push you into their Sandbox/penalty box. If you have an established site and are looking to drive traffic to it, I would rate this as a 1/5. Neither service would’ve brought me one direct visitor, but they did improve my websites internet profile by a small amount.